On March 1, 2012, something extraordinary took place in America.
An elected county sheriff held a press conference to present the findings of a 6-month investigation into the murky background of a sitting U.S. president.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the March 1 press conference
The sheriff is Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County. He did not undertake the investigation at his own initiative but was formally asked to do so by 250 members of an Arizona Tea Party group. The investigation was conducted by an all-volunteer team, the Cold Posse, comprised of former law enforcement officers and lawyers with law enforcement experience. The posse interviewed dozens of witnesses, examined hundreds of documents, and took numerous sworn statements from witnesses around the world.
The investigators concluded that the online image of Obama’s purported long-form birth certificate and his Selective Service registration likely are forgeries. As lead investigator Mike Zullo put it:
“Absent the authentic Hawaii Department of Health 1961 birth records for Barack Obama, there is no other credible proof supporting the idea or belief that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, as he and the White House have consistently asserted. In fact, absent the authentication of Hawaii Department of Health 1961 birth records for Barack Obama, there is no other proof he was born anywhere within the United States.”
One would think that’s bombshell news that the media, whether they like it or not, would be sure to cover and report.
As you can see from this pic taken at the press conference, media presence was sparse:
So did the media report on the press conference?
GiveUsLiberty tells us how the national media responded to the “planet’s biggest news story”:
- Fox News TV – Silence
- NBC – Silence
- CBS – Silence
- NYT – Silence
These media did cover the press conference:
CBS 5 KPHO, a CBS affiliate in Phoenix, AZ, did report on Arpaio’s press conference on the day of the conference:
The mainstream media’s refusal to report on the press conference can be explained by American journalists being overwhelmingly liberal or Democrat, as evidenced by study after study since the 1981 ground-breaking study by Robert Lichter and Stanley Rothman which found that 81 percent of the journalists interviewed voted for the Democratic presidential candidate in every election between 1964 and 1976.
But the media’s liberal bias does not explain why the press conference is ignored by even the major non-liberal talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Glenn Beck.
I went onto conservative Rush Limbaugh‘s website and typed “Arpaio” in the Search bar. The most recent reference Rush made to Arpaio was on February 22, 2012 — more than a week before the press conference. In other words, Rush completely ignored Sheriff Arpaio’s press conference.
I also went searching for “Arpaio” on conservative Sean Hannity‘s website. Hannity’s most recent reference to Arpaio was on November 29, 2011.
I did the same thing on conservative Mark Levin‘s website. Levin’s most recent reference to Arpaio was on December 16, 2011.
In the case of libertarian Glenn Beck, he did something even worse than ignoring Arpaio’s press conference – Beck treated the sheriff’s investigation with derision, calling Obama’s eligibility a “ridiculous” issue. This is what Beck said on his radio show of March 2, 2012:
“Just when Obama was starting to run out of things to say about Republicans, Sheriff Joe Arpaio decides to come out and launch a big investigation into Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Why he decided to bring this ridiculous issue, one that only gives Obama an opportunity to call the right (justifiably so, in this case) ‘crazy’ – is beyond explanation. But, he’s doing it anyway.”
H/t beloved Anon and Tina.